We recently published an article, Lessons from Life at the Bottom, providing an overview of one of the best books we have read this year. It is Dr. Theodore Dalrymple's Life at the Bottom. This article expands the discussion by profiling the British underclass, which serves as a canary in the mine for America. We are following Britain's path exactly, and their underclass provides profound insight into what is happening here, what has been causing it, and where we are along the continuum of degradation.
British psychiatrist Theodore Dalrymple devoted 14 years of his professional life to the diagnosis and treatment of members of the British underclass, whom he encountered in hospitals and prisons of urban England. Almost a lone voice, he is trying to tell us that the underclass of England today is unlike the underclass of any previous period in English history. Today's underclass is the offspring and the responsibility of dominant leftist British intellectuals. England has undergone a complete inversion of the nature of its lowest socioeconomic inhabitants; the middle and upper classes of England are now adopting the values and behaviors of their lessers as England enters into what may be its final stages of cultural degradation.